I grind my teeth at night – is this due to stress?

Has someone told you that you grind your teeth at night? Have you ever woken up in the morning with jaw or ear pain? If so, you may be experiencing an increase in your stress level, which has resulted in teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding and teeth clenching, also known as bruxism, can increase the wear on the cartilage lining of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). In other words, if you are grinding your teeth at night, you are putting excess pressure and stress on an important joint in your jaw. However, those who grind or clench their teeth may be unaware of this behavior unless a dental professional who sees teeth-grinding signs or someone who has observed the behavior has informed them.

Research has increasingly shown that stress can lead to teeth grinding. Stress can result in unreleased nervous energy, which is then released by teeth grinding or clenching (either consciously or unconsciously). At Bowie Drive Dental Care, we are proud to offer our patients TruDenta®, a treatment that can relieve clenching and grinding, among other oral symptoms. The first step towards relieving your pain with TruDenta is a comprehensive exam at Bowie Drive Dental Care.

If you or someone you know can’t stop grinding their teeth, give us a call at our convenient Weatherford, TX office. Dr. Fred Potter and our team at Bowie Drive Dental Care can determine the cause of the problem and can help resolve the issue.

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